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Discover Northern Wine Country: The Complete Guide to Cloverdale

Located in the beautiful Alexander Valley region, Cloverdale is Sonoma County’s northernmost town. Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, it boasts beautiful scenery, some excellent restaurants, and small town charm. Whether you’re making your way through northern California or exploring Alexander Valley, you don’t want to miss visiting Cloverdale.

Check Out Plank Coffee

The hip and rustic Plank Coffee, with its wall of tree rings and paint-by-numbers of deer is a local favorite. With locally roasted coffee, ample seating, and a variety of baked goods, you can’t go wrong. Grab a coffee and a bite to eat before you start your adventure.

Follow the Sculpture Trail

If you drove up from Geyserville, you might have noticed the interesting sculpture art along the highway. Walk around downtown and you’ll see many more. This is part of both these towns’ sculpture exhibits, which are changed every year. Following Cloverdale’s Sculpture Trail is a great way to admire some local art as you explore the area.

Visit the Cloverdale History Center and Museum

Learn about Cloverdale’s unique history at the Cloverdale History Center and Museum. You can look at the old artifacts on display, learn about important historical events and explore an old Victorian house. The Gould-Shaw House, with its Gothic Revival style, is one of the oldest documented houses in Cloverdale. You can walk around the old rooms, which were decorated like they were at the turn of the 20th century.

The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday.

Spend Some Time on the Russian River

At Cloverdale River Park, you can swim, boat, or take a leisurely walk along the 1-mile paved trail. Afterwards, hang out and eat lunch at the picnic tables and enjoy the picturesque scenery.

Or… See Sonoma County from the Sky

If you’re not a fan of the water, take to the sky. With NorCal skydiving you can freefall from 9,000-12,000 feet at intense speeds. With views of Napa Valley, the Russian River, and the coast, it’s a unique way to appreciate the landscape.

You can learn more about Norcal skydiving here.

Dinner at Trading Post

For an authentic farm-to-table dining experience, check out Trading Post in downtown Cloverdale. They use locally sourced produce, meat and fish for fresh and flavorful dishes. Dinner is offered Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 pm-5:00 pm.

Stay the Night

Cloverdale has some adorable places to overnight. Here are just a few.

Old Crocker Inn is a ranch-style bed and breakfast offering cozy lodge and cottage rooms. There are also pet-friendly options available.

Stay in an old Queen Anne Victorian house, now bed and breakfast at Kelley & Young Wine Garden Inn. Relax by the fireplace in a beautiful tower suite and take an evening stroll around the gardens.

Summer Young is a senior at Sonoma State University pursuing a Bachelor’s in English. When she’s not in class, you can find her drinking coffee and exploring the world or on instagram @_justaseason_.

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